“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.” Job 5:17
One of Jobs friends, Eliphaz, came to Job with some advice when he saw Job under extreme turmoil and trouble. He stated that every person who God corrects is blessed and that a person should not despise God’s discipline.
Eliphaz was looking at what was happening to Job, the loss of family, house and health, as discipline from God. Apparently Job had done something sinful against God and he was now paying for it. Since this was the case, Job should not be upset with what is happening.
While it is true that God does discipline a person in sin, the real truth of the matter here was that Job had not sinned. Eliphaz had the right words, but the wrong timing of saying them. God was not disciplining him in any way. The events that were happening were just a test to prove Job’s faithfulness to God.
It is easy for a person to stand on the outside looking at a situation another person is going through and begin to judge what is really happening. Very often, believers judge it as God is disciplining a person or correcting him. Although God may discipline a person, He is not always doing that.
There are times in a believers life that God will allow bad things to happen in order to build the person stronger or to prove his faithfulness. God was pretty sure that Job would pass the test and shame Satan. God allowed Satan to test Job in order for that test to be passed.
When you see yourself, or someone else going through a bad situation, be careful on how you judge what is happening. The main thing to do is trust that God knows what is happening and is absolute control.
Encourage yourself, or whoever is going through the situation, to seek God’s strength and will in the situation. Draw closer to God in spite of the bad situation.
As you speak the truth of God’s word, make sure that what you are saying pertains to what is really happening. Be very careful not to take God’s word out of context or to be used at the wrong time, as Eliphaz did with Job. Be an encourager.
I pray today that you will see God’s hand in every situation in your life; that you will know what God is saying and doing; and that you will speak God’s correctly in the right place and time.